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WHY am I taking opidiod in order to stop opidiod dependency?

By Anonymous June 23, 2018 - 5:12pm
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I was prescribed an opidiod pain med I am NOT an "addict by choice!" I am 71 yrs old with 20+ yrs of multiple chronic bone conditions which have increased as getting older. I have malignant hypertension spending 17 days in ICU in 2009 and May 14/15 this yr/2018 BP 215/105 sent me to ER where they could NOT get BP down for 5 hrs! After 5 IV injections of BP med a new one injected finally started loweringBP./ On May 1 I started at the local "pain management clinic" for opiod dependency removal. It has been a 1 1/2 month nightmare! Put on Suboxone under the tongue/flavor? menthol! burned gum tissues w/blisters. Tomorrow I start the inside the cheek films Bunavail. I have already read "patients should take 1 daily" whereas I am to do this 2 xs daily. I am NOT being "monitored" with this NEW med but WILL be calling THE "Pain Mgt Clinic" Monday asking questions/expressing my DIRE concerns. Right now?" I FEAR what lies ahead as #1 I ASKED if Subcone was an opidod and was told NO by the "assigned Dr to me!" but online? that drug being used IS another opidiod! WHY the lie? Do they not think patients WILL research? I find myself in a patient waiting room and ALL are PATIENTS PRESCRIBED OPIDODS FOR CHRONIC PAIN -NONE "ADDICTS" BUT TRUST ME! THE "TREATMENT AT FIRST"?" WAS EXACTLY LIKE I AM/WAS AN ADDICT! when I turned in the # of meds for 3 months I did NOT take and those med were COUNTED? you BET the "treatment of me CHANGED!" it showed that THIS patient cut her own meds down from 2 every 6 hrs to one every 6 hrs when I COULD. I did not think I would end my life in THIS situation! but I KNOW NOW this is going to LAST more than 1 yr! as my prescribed "opidod helpers?" are yes for 11 more months and possibly? longer. The under the tongue has caused loss of teeth/crumbing and falling out, 1 1/2 months pain "help is ice packs and Tylenol. There is a "pain component" in the previous "opiod under the tongue 2 xs daily" but THAT with all the bone issues I have? is so little pain relief I cannot describe the pain strength. I do not know where to turn as it is now "mandated" that patients MUST go to these Pain Mgt Clinics and go thru this for how long? they do not tell nor will they except when I find out my "prescription?"{ is for a yr.....the online guidance for the NEW inside the cheek states "once a day" however I am on 2 xs daily just like the prior. For those reading this we are all caught in a situation we did not ask for nor can we get out of. DTs I've only heard about all my life...I NEVER did drugs in college back iin the 60s/70s/…..until Dr prescribed the opidiod for chronic pain help....and now? I am enduring THIS H**L life with fears of what these meds are doing to my body as the teeth and hair continue to fall out and my BLOOD PRESSURE IS AFFECTED....OH YES I ALSO HAVE 1 KIDNEY AS MALIIGNANT BP TOTALLY DESTROYED L KIDNEY.....2009 R kidney stented AND a huge aorta annureism. Next? someone out there at least say a prayer for me. This is not how any of my family/friends envisioned how I would definitely live the last yrs of my life but this IS how it is going to be. With ALL the pain meds on the market?" WHY did my Dr prescribe opidiods? ah but he did and here I am today suffering MORE than before. God bless all who are walking the same path as I am.

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Hello. Thank you for reaching out to EmpowHER today and sharing your story.

Opioid withdrawal can be very uncomfortable, and many people continue taking these drugs to avoid unpleasant symptoms, or they try to manage these symptoms on their own. However, medical treatment in a controlled environment can make you more comfortable and lead to a greater chance of success.

According to Healthline: intense withdrawal symptoms may require hospitalization and other medications. One medication used primarily in the inpatient setting is clonidine. Clonidine can help reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms by 50 to 75 percent.

Regarding why Suboxone is used. Suboxone is a combination of a milder opioid (buprenorphine) and an opioid blocker (naloxone) that does not produce many of the addictive effects of other opioids. The opioid blocker works mostly in the stomach to prevent constipation. If injected it will cause immediate withdrawal, so the combination is less likely to be abused than other formulations. When taken by mouth, this combination can be used to treat symptoms of withdrawal and can shorten the intensity and length of detoxification from other, more dangerous, opioids.

We wish for you a full recovery and future good health. Please keep us updated on how you are doing.



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